The Friday Fragments feature lists of what I’ve read over the past week. They are not meant to be a recommendation list. If you’re interested in a not-at-all-inclusive list, you can look on my website .
This is not a book review column. It’s just a list with, maybe, a few opinions tossed in.
W is for Wasted by Sue Grafton. Audiobook. As a reader who has usually enjoyed this series, this novel struck me as all too aptly titled. It was indeed a “waste.” The text was repetitious and weighted down with pointless description. Kinsey repeatedly lets herself be bullied by a host of unlikeable characters. A sub-plot removes any sense of discovery and leads to more repetition. Continuing characters have dead-end cameos.
The Demigod Files by Rick Riordan. Audiobook. Three short stories and a handful of amusing character interviews. Reminded me that I’ve meant to go on with the adventures of Percy Jackson and his associates.
Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich. Audiobook. Light and fluffy, even for a series that specializes in fluff. Still, I was in the mood for fluff. Now I’m also craving barbeque.
The Adventures of English: The Biography of a Language by Melvyn Bragg. Overall, this is still fun. The chapter on pronunciation of various British dialects became tedious for this American reader until Bragg moved on to specific authors.
Sizzling Sixteen by Janet Evanovich. Audiobook.
Within the Little While:
Quite a while ago, on the recommendation of a friend who is both a librarian and a classics major, I read The Lightning Thief, the first of Rick Riordan’s “Percy Jackson and the Olympians” novels. Up until my friend reassured me that Riordan knew his stuff, I had avoided these books. Basically, I get cranky when it becomes evident that an author using mythological material didn’t bother to research beyond some tertiary handbook. I was delighted with the Riordan’s handling of his material, especially how he managed to explain apparent “errors” in his world-design, like why virgin Athena has so many “half-blood” children.
Oh, I have quibbles, but that’s all they are… (Goats don’t eat cans. They lick off the glue. So goat-bodied satyrs should be glue aficionados, not junk-eaters.) I plan to continue reading Riordan’s work.
What are you reading?